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DiMillo's MarinaSep 20, 2019

The staff was friendly and helpful. The heads were modern, well equipped and immaculate. It was nice to be close to downtown Portland and all the action. Portland is a great place to visit and we’ll be back again.

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I always feel like the marina itself and the destination should have two separate ratings. In this case they’d both be 5 stars. Lyman-Morse provides a great place to stay in Camden. The inner harbor floats put you right in the middle of all the schooner activity as well as being close to downtown. The free launch service is great, though it stopped running at 3:30 PM after Labor Day. The heads showers and laundry room ashore are immaculate. The courtesy car made a trip to Hannaford’s for groceries very easy. Camden itself is a wonderful place to visit - in fact we extended our stay to enjoy more of it. There are lots of good restaurants (Marriner’s serves a great breakfast). The library is out of this world in terms of atmosphere and architecture - including the park and amphitheater giving great views of the harbor. We enjoyed the free walking tour on Friday afternoon. We also hiked/climbed to the summit of Mount Battie which provided unexcelled views of Penobscot Bay and the islands. We love Camden and will be back for another extended stay next year.

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This was a short, one night stop, but we were very comfortable. The dockmaster was on the pier when we arrived to help tie us up. He had given us good directions to his pier and our assigned location. Shore power is provided via extension cords from a box on the fuel dock. Both 30 and 50 amp shore power is available. There’s a single head with a shower in the customer lounge up the hill from the docks. The head and shower were clean and in good condition. WiFi at the dock was outstanding, among the best we’d seen during our trip up the coast. We didn’t sample food ashore but there appear to be several restaurants serving dinner and a couple just serving breakfast and lunch. There’s also a small general store that we didn’t have time to visit.

Marina Response:
Thank you for the wonderful review! We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience to service the needs of boaters. We are glad you found our services to your liking and hope we see you on a future visit.
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We decided to stay at Robinhood for a week of relaxation and rest. It worked out well for us. As in the past, the dockhands were helpful all week. Four showed up to help us tie up the first day. On another day, the poor dockhand worked in the rain to pump out our holding tank and fuel us. OBTW - there’s a 10% discount if you buy more than 100 gallons of fuel. The heads and showers are in good shape and kept clean. The restaurant has new owners and a new name. Locals tell me they aren’t convinced that the quality is the same as the old place. We didn’t eat there so I can’t comment. We did, however, enjoy Sunday brunch at the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, about a 15 minute walk from the marina. The food was great. The RFM also offers coffee and sticky buns on weekdays. There’s dinner and live music on Saturday nights - a treat we miss while cruising. You can count on us being back to stay at Robinhood again.

Marina Response:
So glad you enjoyed your stay. The dock staff works very hard and appreciates you noticing! RFM is a great local spot and a nice stroll from the marina. Try the Anchor (on-site restaurant) on your next visit - very pleasant and good food. See you next time.
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The marina was very responsive when we called for directions as we approached Potts Harbor. We got great assistance from the dockhands when tying up. The heads, shower and laundry are up to date and in good condition. We enjoyed the bluheberry muffins and coffee delivered to the boat each morning. When we asked to extend for an extra night the staff was very accommodating and found space for us despite having several large boats coming in. The restaurant is quite popular and was very enjoyable. There’s also a lobster-in-the-rough stand with outdoor seating right next to the marina. We didn’t eat there but the prices seemed quite reasonable. Dolphin always makes for a good stop!

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We got good, simple directions to find our mooring when I called by VHF on approach. Launch service was always quick and efficient. The whole stay went smoothly Took a nice walk in town. Being in season, there were lots of people around patronizing the gift shop and general store.

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We had 3 great days in Gloucester! The mooring was secure and easily accessible. The free launch service was awesome! The launch always came quickly. The operators were professional and full of advice. We made great use of output time playing tourist. The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester is a combination art and history museum. The current Winslow Homer exhibit is fascinating as are the exhibits on fishing, fishing schooners and granite mining. We also took a Cape Ann Transit Authority bus ( $0.60 for seniors) to Rockport where we took a free walking tour of the village. The guide was full of interesting stories. We also shopped and had a fine lunch on Bearskin Neck. On the way back to Gloucester the bus dropped us at a Stop & Shop where we did some provisioning. To top off the trip we found several ice cream shops within walking distance of the launch landing. “Holy Cow” was our favorite. We will return again!

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Sunset Bay MarinaAug 08, 2019

Dock staff did a great job assisting me in tying up the boat against a strong wind. The resident boater’s were very friendly. The floating docks are in good condition, but the heads and showers are marginal. There’s not much in the way of services within easy walking distance. Besides the restaurant at the marina (which seemed quite popular) and a deli with a Dunkin Donuts, there weren’t any restaurants within 0.7 miles of the marina. The same goes for ice cream. Be careful if you’re hoping for a pump out. The Town of Hull operates a pump out boat which only comes to the marina on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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The best thing about staying in Onset is the launch service. The drivers are unfailingly polite, helpful and responsive. We made several trips in for laundry and grocery shopping and never had to wait long. Our hats off to the whole harbormaster team, especially Antonio who dealt with us on both days. The moorings are a great deal. They are secure and stable in protected waters. The docks have gotten better this year, too. They are new and can handle about 6 boats up to 35 ft and one additional on up to 50 ft. They all have power and water. This is a huge improvement over the past. There are several restaurants close to the pier and two ice cream places nearby. The laundromat is less than 4 blocks a way. There’s a small market and a hardware store right in the village as well. Stop & Shop can be reached by a $10 Uber ride. Onset makes a great stopping point for boats transiting the Cape Cod Canal,

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Edgar town is now our favorite port to stop in on Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve been to Vineyard Haven by boat and Oak Bluffs and Menemsha by bus. Edgartown was the best by far. First of all, the Harbormaster’s team is outstanding. They are very attentive and go to great lengths to solve problems. Their ability to smoothly handle many near simultaneous arrivals professionally over the radio was amazing. The radio operators were never flustered and were unfailingly polite while dealing with a swarm of requests. This is a very professional and capable team. Kudos! We were given clear directions to our mooring and finding and picking it up was easy. The Old Port Launch Service was prompt when we called and even doubled back to the boat when the Admiral realized she’d forgotten her phone. The town of Edgartown was a treat. We walked around a lot and really enjoyed the historical houses, and especially all of the trees and landscaped lawns. The shade was really valued during the hot weather. The Vineyard has an outstanding bus service with something like 13 routes. You can literally get anywhere on the island by bus and there’s a bus center on Church Street. A one-day pass good for all the rides you can squeeze in only costs $8 - $5 if you’re a senior citizen. Such a deal! We took the bus to Oak Bluffs and then took a 3 hour guided tour of the island by van. It was great to see so much of the island that can’t be reached by boat or walking. The constant narration by the guide overloaded us with information and interesting stories. Restaurants, shops and ice cream places abound in Edgartown. There’s something for everybody here. We’re already talking of coming back and touring the island by bike.

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The Vineyard Haven Launch Service (VHLS) portion of this trip was outstanding. They easily directed us to our assigned mooring and provided prompt launch service when we decided to go ashore. The discounted launch service charge because we were using one of their moorings was a pleasant surprise. The mooring outside the breakwater was fairly calm once the ferries stopped running and was never very bad, but then we had southwest winds for our entire stay. Winds from the east would be a problem. Vineyard Haven as a town leaves much to be desired. The area within walking distance of the launch dock was pretty dull. It was a hot, humid day and there was no shade to speak of. The shops on Main Street sold mostly clothing. There were two ice cream parlors that both had interesting flavors. Our frustration with Vineyard Haven resulted from an inability to find a restaurant that was air conditioned and offered reasonable prices. There were a lot of take out places or restaurants that offered outdoor seating. We needed to cool off - but couldn’t. The Stop & Shop is handy if you need groceries. One major attraction is the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Lagoon Pond Rd. It’s new, cool and offers a good history of the Island. As a bonus, on Tuesdays after 5pm admission is free. Definitely worth a stop.

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Cuttyhunk MarinaAug 02, 2019

High on the plus side for this stop was the extreme helpfulness of the dock master in getting us tied up safely in a strong wind. My boat is a single screw, with a weak bow thrusdter and high windage but the dockmaster’s directions got us tied up quickly. On the minus side I’d have to say that there’s not much in Cuttyhunk. The only “restaurants” (save for breakfast at the Fisherman’s Club) are shacks on the dock - two of which serve lobster dinners and a third serving tacos. The heads are barely adequate and have no showers. There is, however, an ice cream stand in one of the shacks. WiFi was iffy - sometimes barely OK, sometimes nonexistent. The island is fun to walk around on. The high point (literally) is the bunker on the hill. From here you have an unobstructed, 360 degree view of Buzzards Bay and the Vineyard Sound. That’s awesome! There is a market (which I cannot comment on because I didn’t visit it) and one souvenir shop. If you want a place to just relax, be cut off from the world and maybe eat a lobster dinner, this is a good place to visit.

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Wickford MarinaJul 30, 2019

What a find! Wickford Marina is a great place to stay if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. The marina is located on a quiet extension of Wickford harbor and doesn’t see the crowds and noise evident in the main harbor area. The owner and his dockhand are super helpful and skilled besides. I watched them calmly handle a bunch of boats that all arrived at the same time on a busy Saturday. The facilities are in excellent shape. This includes the wooden floating docks, the heads and the showers. There’s a large gas grill available for all boater’s to use - complete with paper plates, plastic silverware and many condiments. I didn’t use the jacuzzi but I’m told it’s very inviting. Coffee and donuts on weekend mornings are a definite treat - along with the conversations with fellow boater’s who have gathered to enjoy them. The village of Wickford is enchanting and only a 1/2 mile walk from the marina. If you’re into old houses, there are beautiful ones here. We saw some that dated from before the Revolutionary War and are still used as residences. There are a couple good restaurants within walking distance. Sadly there was no ice cream available. We found the Wickford Marina to be much more relaxing than nearby Newport and will make this our main stop when in the area.

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I have really mixed feelings about this marina. Basically it’s pretty nice. The manager told me they really don’t do a lot of transient business. The wooden floating docks are fine, but not perfect. The staff was really helpful and there was someone on hand to give directions as we approached and at the slip to help us tie up. The restaurant was pretty good but a little expensive which shouldn’t be a surprise given the proximity to NY City. My frustrations come from the fact that there’s just one head each for men and women. The shower is part of the head. That would be OK except that the dockside bar patrons use these same heads and with live music a few nights a week, there’s a crowd that relies on just these two heads. The heads get dirty quickly. I’d expect better quality from a $3 per foot marina. The other frustration is not the marinas problem but comes from the fact that I could see the Stop & Shop, Target and several restaurants from my boat across a small channel, but because the marina is on a peninsula it’s a long trip to the market - almost a mile walk or an $8 Uber or water taxi ride. I couldn’t launch my dinghy because there was another boat tied up next to me and there was no room for the dinghy. The town dock on the other side of the channel was tantalizingly close. Port Washington is a great place to visit. We met lots of nice people in town and enjoyed walking around.

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Hoffman's MarinaOct 03, 2018

This was the third time we had stopped at Hoffman’s while transiting the NJ coast. As always, the staff was very helpful and skilled in safely mooring our boat in adverse wind and current conditions. The facilities are excellent with especially nice heads and showers and a complimentary laundry. Be advised that it’s best to arrive and depart at slack water. The tidal currents are extreme and there are strong eddies around the ends of the piers closest to the railroad bridge. One uncomfortable aspect of our stay was not the fault of the marina. We tied up on a Sunday afternoon and the flood of boats making large wakes while fighting the ebb currents to get through the railroad bridge left the water in such turmoil that our boat rocked excessively in its slip. The only time it was calm was when the bridge was closed, stopping the boat traffic. By nightfall and the end of boat traffic, the slip became comfortable.

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This was our third stay at Kammerman’s. The people are always great. The restrooms and showers are adequate. Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed on weekdays after a Labor Day so we couldn’t eat there. We didn’t take the time on this stop to play tourist and visit Atlantic City. We’ve done that by Uber in the past and had some fun. My two frustrations this trip were the lack of responsiveness when I called in (by both phone and VHF) as I approached the marina. Then they wanted to put my 16 ft wide both in a slip that was too narrow. There was much idling and turning around while they found a place that was satisfactory. We end up in the same spot we had in July - next to a high wall that made getting off the boat a chore given the range of tides. I still like Kammerman’s and will probably stop there again in the future.

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This is the third time I’ve stayed at Half Moon Bay and I’m sure I’ll be back on my next trip on the Hudson. The head and showers are always clean and in good condition. For the most part, the piers are in good shape as well. On both of the last two times I’ve visited, the manager and I conversed before hand to discuss which slip we’d tie up in and to ensure there was assistance available when docking. One real benefit of this marina is the proximity to a good grocery store as well as the MetroNorth station for trips into New York City. Plus - there’s ice cream within walking distance. As I said, I’ll be back.

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The location of this marina is great for visiting in the Kingston area. We rented a car and spent two delightful days visiting the FDR Home and Museum as well as Eleanor Roosevelt’s home at Valkill. The highlight of our trip was having lunch on both days at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. Rondout Yacht Basin itself is beginning to show its age. The heads and showers were clean but out of date. The piers are in decent shape. Perhaps all the rain we had while here took some shine off the facility. The marina’s web site boasts a dockside cafe but it’s only a small snack stand with an awning covered eating area. To be fair, it was closed the whole time we were there so I can’t comment on the quality or extent of the menu. The most frustrating part of this stay was contacting the marina upon arrival. The DockWa listing and my reservation confirmation both said to contact them on VHF Channel 9. I tried several times but got no response. When I called by phone all I got was an answering machine - but no response to the message I left. When I asked the person who finally met the boat after my second phone call, I was told that they don’t monitor Channel 9, but only Channel 16. I had tried that twice with no response as well. It’s very frustrating to bring a boat into a new port and new marina and not be able to contact anyone ashore until you’re already in sight of the fuel dock.

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Dockmaster responded promptly when hailed and met us at the dock to assist in tying us up. Restroom and shower facilities are clean and nice. WiFi reception is excellent. My biggest compliment, however, goes to the marina owner who personally helped me troubleshoot an issue I had when trying to take on shore power. It turned out that the problem was not intuitively obvious but was on the marina side of the system. The owner came up with a work-around that provided my boat with power without having to move to a different slip. The owner spent at least an hour with me, right at the end of the work day, as we solved the problem. This is the kind of dedication to customer service that makes a marina outstanding.

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